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Bop Boo Day

by Louise Rogers

On Bop Boo Day you can delight in the essence of jazz for the youngest crowd ... learn and sing about Ella, Miles and the Bird.
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1. Crusty Cornbread
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2. Animal Blues
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3. Ella Fitzgerald Sang Bop Boo Day
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4. Dat Dere
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5. Charlie Parker Played be bop
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6. Now's the Time
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7. So What
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8. A Tisket, A Tasket
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9. I Thought About You
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10. What Did You Have For Breakfast?
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Album Notes
Cover art by Chris Raschka

All proceeds from this CD go to the Louise Harwell Rogers Piano Scholarship (my mother) at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.


Sunday, April 26 – Bowery Poetry Club for Kids, 12 noon – 1, $10 cover all ages http://www.bowerypoetry.com

Wednesday, April 22 – Annual “For Those We Love” jazz concert to benefit New York City Alzheimer's Chapter. Concert features Paquito D'Rivera, Jane Monheit, New York Voices and Louise Rogers!
Early Bird Special ends March 15!! Buy your tickets now at www.alznyc.org

January: The Brearly School, Manhattan
February 12 – Clinician with elementary, middle and high school Jazz choirs at Patchogue-Medford School district.
March: California Avenue School, Uniondale, Long Island
April/May: Woods Road Elementary, North Babylon, N.Y. ; Belmont Elementary School, West Babylon, N.Y.; Gribben Elementary, Long Island

March 20 – Belmont Elementary, West Babylon
March 25 – Bayville Elementary, Bayville, N.Y.
March 6 – Shelter Rock Elementary, Manhasset, N.Y.
March 6 – Munsey Park Elementary, Manhassett, N.Y.

Thursday, April 2 - Private Concert for Jewelry Show featuring the music of Cole Porter
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Medical Center Nursery School – ages 2 ½ – 5, Manhattan, N.Y.
Roxbury High School – jazz vocal instructor for high school students, Roxbury, N.J.
Washington Heights Jazz Choir – ages 6 – 12, Manhattan, N.Y.
Spring concert is May 2 at Cornerstone Center 189th Street and Bennett Ave, Manhattan, N.Y. free and open to the public
6:30 pm concert time


Jazzy Fairy Tales
performed by Louise Rogers and Rick Strong
Written by Louise Rogers and Susan Milligan
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
1:00 pm
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002

January 23 – January 30
Rick and Louise are off to Illinois for a week of Performances, workshops and clinics.
We'll be in Normal, Bloomington, Peoria area.

February Events:
Louise will be presenting 2 sessions at NJMEA Feb 20 and 21
Here's what's happening -
Feb 20: The National Standard of Improvisation: Louise Rogers, Lorraine Lynch and members of the Roxbury High School Revelations and Classic Sounds.
Feb 21: Extraordinary People Doing Ordinary Things: Louise Rogers and Dr. Kim McCord
For more info: www.njmea.org

Louise Rogers is a growing leader in the field of jazz education for children, as well as an accomplished performer. She and her husband, Rick Strong, have been performing for adults and children for over 15 years. They are active in the public schools doing workshops and
residencies, and perform in the public libraries and parks of NYC. At night they are often performing in one of the jazz clubs of the city such as Sweet Rhythm, The Triad, Cornelia Street Cafe, Kavehaz, etc. For more information about Louise and her work with jazz and children, please visit www.louiserogers.org or www.jazzforyoungchildren.com


Bop Boo Day and Jazzy Fairy Tales are both available for performances. The programs have been performed at many places including museums, schools, book stores, libraries and birthday parties. To book your performance now, please contact Louise at louise@jazzforyoungchildren.com or lrogers@panix.com

Bop Boo Day!
Program can be modified to work for pre -k through grade 4

From their self produced CD, Bop Boo Day!, Louise Rogers and Rick Strong celebrate some of the greatest artists of jazz. Through songs, poems and stories, very young children are introduced to Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. In a call-and-response style, Rogers sings and scats and the kids respond, making the performance an interactive experience for all.

Jazzy Fairy Tales
Best suited for pre-k through grade 2

Jazzy Fairy Tales: With the assistance of Susan Milligan’s storytelling and inventive lyrical reworkings, Strong and Rogers turn fairy tales already familiar to preschoolers into jazzy versions that will delight all ages. Swing, boogie and dance as the playfulness of jazz gives these original versions of well known fairy tales new life! Children are transported into a magical world where chocolate pudding tames a wolf, bears boogie and sing the blues, and trolls and goats scat and dance on tippy toes over bridges. Fun stanzas like “Bop Boo Bop, Bop Boo Bay, Piggy feet hop, Piggy feet play”, sung with an Andrews Sisters swing will make children want to sing, dance and bop along in this interactive performance piece.

I have worked with Louise in schools for four years, and she is an
excellent teaching artist and excellent performer. Her performances are
interactive, and fully engage the students. They learn a tremendous
amount about jazz and jazz artists from her. Her residency work is
outstanding. She works well with the students and teachers, and is
extremely responsible, creative, and sensitive to each child’s needs.
Every school where she has performed and conducted workshops for us has
highly praised her work. Lois Kipnis, FOTA's Director of Arts Education.

“The kids had a lot of fun. The woman who led the songs in the first session, Louise, was amazing! She worked really well with the kids and they loved the songs.”
Kirstin Anderson, music teacher from St. Aloysius

Louise is featured in an article about Jazz Education in January 2007 issue of All About Jazz, New York edition. To view entire article go to http://newyork.allaboutjazz.com/ “Jazz in the Next Generation.”

Louise is also featured in an article titled “The Joy of Jazz Moves Them” in Newsday, Sunday, November 19th 2006
to view article go to http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/ny-vitalsigns4979012nov19,0,1292553.story?coll=ny-music-print

The most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz I’ve heard of is the work of jazz singer-educator Louise Rogers. Louise works in the Medical Center Nursery School in Washington Heights, New York, where she and classroom teacher Susan Milligan have developed an exhilarating – and fun – jazz curriculum for pre-kindergarten.

On Bop Boo Day you can delight in the essence of jazz for the youngest crowd. The children who join in zestful interplay with Louise Rogers and her husband, bassist Rick Strong, are slightly older here. But the same joy permeates the pre-kindergarten class, too. I can imagine Louis Armstrong or Dizzy Gillespie enjoying this session and asking if they could sit in. Louise and Rick have performed with youngsters in various New York schools, in the city’s parks, at museums, and at the prestigious International Association for Jazz Educators Convention.

When Louise became a mother, she began to realize that like the magic dust of fairy tales, the sounds of jazz can reach and enliven the lives of even very young children. This can start as soon as they can hear. Louise’s discovery of the reach and potential of jazz started with observing her three-year old son connect to jazz. As she recalls:

“The simple arrangements were the ones that had the most impact. He responded to lyrics, not just melody. He liked funny lyrics, kazoos, scatting. Not only was scatting funny, but it was interesting and something that he could copy and create for himself.”

Scatting is a way of improvising using sounds – not words – to make the voice into a swinging jazz instrument. The first, and still matchless, jazz scat singer was Louis Armstrong. He was followed by the brilliant innovator Ella Fitzgerald.

Rogers also discovered that “books came alive for my son when rhythm and simple melody were added”. And, like all jazz players, her son “loved to tell his own stories,” in his own jazz language. Music became personal, very personal to her son. Rogers notes, “He enjoyed immensely these songs to sing on his own. They were challenging and yet singable. And he loves the bass.”

On this recording, the resilient flowing pulse of Rick Strong’s bass reminds me of how Freddie Green, Count Basie’s longtime guitarist, used to explain his job description: “I keep the rhythm wave going.” And the kids get their kicks in their call-and-response interaction with Louise’s singing – and then in their own solo flights of scatting.

Around the country, there are sounds of surprise – including self-surprise – as jazz becomes the educational foundation of what will be a lifelong involvement in music. Kids learn, by being in the music, why jazz has become an international common language. With me, jazz became a natural and essential part of my life when I was eleven years old. (We didn’t have swinging pre-kindergarten classes at the William Lloyd Garrison Elementary School in Boston.) From that age on, I could never get enough of the music – especially at those times when I was down and nothing else could lift me up.

Today’s kids also learn, over time, the stories of Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and the glorious range of other emphatically individual musicians. These jazz greats, who were so collectively attentive to one another, created the soul of the American experience. They created something so powerful that even dictators like Hitler and Stalin could not exterminate jazz in their own countries.

Telling what it’s like teaching kids jazz, Louise Rogers says, “The look of sheer joy when these children are scatting, improvising with kazoos, or singing the blues about cleaning up their room makes me realize exactly why I’m doing this.”

Louise Rogers and Rick Strong are making a vital contribution to the re-energizing of American education at its base. After all, who wouldn’t want to go to a school where there’s time and room to swing? The continual interaction between kids as they become part of the music are an education in democracy. The late Martin Williams, the premier American writer on jazz, spoke of this educational foundation:

“The high degree of individuality, together with the mutual respect and cooperation required in a jazz ensemble mean that it is as if jazz were saying to us that not only is far greater individuality possible... but that such individuality, far from being a threat to a cooperative social structure, can actually enhance society.”

And it’s also fun to find a common groove.

- Nat Hentoff, author of American Music Is (Da Capo Press)



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Dr. Adrienne Tator

CD Bop Boo Day!
Introducing jazz to my 2 1/2 year old grandson, Corbin, was quite questionable; however, with this wonderful CD Bop Boo Day! we sing together and have lots of fun. We become very creative to tell our stories while singing jazz. It is never to early to introduce music to children, and this CD does it all!!


It's got me boppin thru the days and I can't stop!!
I was given this weird little book to read to pre-schoolers and was convinced it would be a total BOMB. Then I discovered the book had been put to song- #5 track on this CD- "Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop!" I read the book alone to the kids, then played the CD and they went crazy! They decided it was their FAVORITE book and they all sang the responses alternating with the artist, Louise Rogers. It's amazing how much music can be made with just a voice and a string bass. Now I find myself listening to the CD while alone, bopping along like Ella Fitzgerald and memorizing the scats along with the bright little kid voices! I didn't know young kids could "get" jazz - but the pattern "I sing - now you do it!" - the old call and response - really worked with the kids on the CD as well as my class. My favorite track is the old standard by Johnny Mercer "And I thought about you" The small voice that accompanies Louise on this one will make you instantly melt - I can't get this beautiful song out of my head!

Joey Pernice

Very Jazzy!
I have been working with Louise in Jazz class for almost 2 years now and I really like all her CDs and I hope to continue to have jazz class with her!